Public Comments on LANL Proposed Electrical Line Due on Tuesday, February 20th

CCNS has prepared talking points and a sample public comment letter you can use to craft your oral and written comments about the proposed 14-mile long, 115-kilovolt electrical line across the Caja del Rio before it would cross the Rio Grande to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).  Public comments about the draft Electrical Power Capacity Upgrade Project Environmental Assessment are due on Tuesday, February 20th.  The sample comment letter that you can modify is available right here: 240216 proposed LANL EPCU public comments

The samples may spark a deeper interest in LANL’s proposal to increase the number of electrical transmission lines across the Caja del Rio from two to three.  The proposed third line would require new infrastructure, including the installation of new pole structures that would have the capacity to carry a fourth line.

Importantly, the draft assessment states that the third transmission line would be located within a 100-foot-wide utility right-of-way across the Caja del Rio.  Along the route, optical ground wires would be incorporated into the overhead transmission lines.  LANL reveals that “An optical fiber splice box [would be] mounted to a pole structure at an accessible location for future connection by others between the Norton Substation and the Rio Grande crossing.”  See Executive Summary, p. iii.

LANL has not given any indication who are the “others” nor where the future connection would be located along the 11-mile route between the Norton Substation and the Rio Grande crossing.

On Thursday, February 15th from 4 to 7 pm at the Santa Fe Community College, LANL is hosting a virtual and in-person public meeting to accept public comments on the proposal.  From 4 to 4:30 pm, there will be a poster information session.  At 4:30 pm LANL will give a presentation about the draft assessment.  Following the presentation public comments will begin.

The hybrid meeting will start at 4:30 pm.  The connection information is available at

This is the second public comment period on the proposal.  Comments submitted during the first comment period do not have to be re-submitted.  However, in order for you to have standing to object to the proposal, the Forest Service requires you to submit specific comments.  The requirements are part of the Forest Service’s pre-decisional administrative review process.  For more information about how to place your objection, please see 36 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 218 and 219.

Please encourage your colleagues to get involved to protect the Caja del Rio and the Rio Grande.

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  1. Tuesday, February 20thComments due about the LANL’s Electrical Power Capacity Upgrade Project for a 115 kV line across the Caja del Rio, the Rio Grande to LANL. See and utilize sample public comment letter at or you can craft your own.   The Draft EA is available in the NNSA NEPA Reading Room at: or directly at or



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1:00 pm – Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM

Screening of “Television Event.” a riveting documentary about the world-changing 1983 TV movie “The Day After” that profoundly impacted US nuclear policies, impacted then-president Reagan, ended the cold war, and led to a reduction in our nuclear arsenal.

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2:45 pm – We will march from the Guild Cinema to Triangle Substation Park, 2901 Central Ave NE

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We will gather to share ideas about how we can change public opinion the way the movie did and bring about the abolition of nuclear weapons. Featuring music by Eileen O’Shaughnessy, Paul Pino, and the Raging Grannies.


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